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NRCS Conservation Outcomes Webinar Series

This monthly webinar series highlights recent outcomes, emerging opportunities, and conservation tools and data developed to assist with conservation planning and impact and efficiency assessment. The series illustrates the scope of Farm Bill conservation efforts on privately owned croplands, forests, and rangelands; documents the conservation achievements and outcomes of those efforts; and shows the utility of science-based outcomes for helping inform future conservation delivery.

These one-hour, live webinars will occur every fourth Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) via Adobe Connect at https://nrcs.adobeconnect.com/ceap2/

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Webinars:

February 25, 3:00 p.m. ET – Rangeland Analysis Platform: Integrating production and economics into area-wide planning.

Rangelands produce ecosystem services that not only support biodiversity and wildlife, but also sustain livestock operations and rural economies. Woody encroachment is a threat to rangeland productivity, but its impact is often overlooked due to its slow pace and the positive public perception of trees. The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) is an innovative online tool that combines current and historical satellite imagery with thousands of on-the-ground vegetation measurements to facilitate an exploration of trends in western vegetation over time. Using RAP’s recently developed remotely sensed products of rangeland production, we quantify the amount of forage lost to woody encroachment across western rangelands over the past three decades. Translating these losses into dollars, we demonstrate how this knowledge can be integrated into area-wide planning to stop further economic loss and prevent wholescale ecosystem transitions.

Presenters: Brady Allred (University of Montana) and Dirac Twidwell (University of Nebraska-Lincoln).

Access the webinar at https://nrcs.adobeconnect.com/ceap2/ a few minutes before the webinar starts.

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Each webinar will be recorded and archived for later viewing on this website and the NRCS Conservation Webinar Portal.

Questions? Contact Liz Marshall at elizabeth.marshall@usda.gov

Past Webinars:

  • January 28, 3:00 p.m. ET – Development of the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) and Use by NRCS for Watershed Planning - Archived webinar.
  • November 12, 3:00 p.m. ET – Linking Ecosystem Service Values to Rangeland Practices in the Central Great Plains - Archived webinar.
  • October 22, 3:00 p.m. ET – Quantifying Conservation Effects on Multiple Wetland Ecosystem Services: Understanding Tradeoffs is the Name of the Game - Archived webinar.
  • September 24, 3:00 p.m. ET – The 2017 National Resources Inventory 5-year Release, 35 Years of National Resources Monitoring - Archived webinar.
  • August 27, 3:00 p.m. ET – Conservation Outcomes of NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife in Eastern Forests - Archived webinar.
  • July 23, 3:00 p.m. ET – Quantifying Restoration Outcomes in Frequent-Fire Forests - Archived webinar.
  • June 25, 3:00 p.m. ET – Tillage Management and Structural Conservation Practices: CEAP-2 Report on Changes in Adoption Rates - Archived webinar.
  • May 28, 3:00 p.m. ET – Measuring and Understanding the Effects of Conservation within Watersheds - Archived webinar.
  • April 23, 3:00 p.m. ET – Conservation Outcomes on America’s Western Grazing Lands with NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife - Archived webinar.